As a leading non-profit supporter of the arts, we at Classical MPR want to help educators in Minnesota (and beyond) to enrich the minds and nourish the spirits of their students with tools, resources and programs that have been created collaboratively by Classical MPR staff.

Teacher Feature

Looking at the lives and work of music teachers across Minnesota.

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Music Teacher Feature: Brett Smith

Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Brett Smith, who teaches music at O.H. Anderson Elementary School in Mahtomedi, Minn.

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Music Teacher Feature: Amanda Patton

Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Amanda Patton, who teaches music at Little Mountain Elementary School in Monticello, Minn.

School Spotlight

Austin High School Wind Ensemble

School Spotlight: Austin High School Wind Ensemble

School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. This week's feature spotlights the Austin High School Wind Ensemble, led by Bradley Mariska.

Education Videos

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Class Notes: How Notes and Beats Go Together

Teaching and learning about the duration of musical notes can be challenging. This new video from Classical MPR makes that process 'upbeat' and fun without oversimplifying the basic concepts behind note duration and rhythm.

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Class Notes: How History Influences Music

Did you know music often reflects the time and place in which it was written? For example, Zoltan Kodaly's 'Dances of Galanta' gives us a look at a society and culture that was forever altered by the march of history. A new Class Notes video from Classical MPR shares the history behind the music.

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Class Notes: A Recipe for Emotion in Music

What tools do composers use to evoke emotions in music? This video will help teachers and students learn different techniques to help make music come alive.

Class Notes: A Journey Through Musical Emotion

Class Notes: A Journey Through Musical Emotion

Clark the caterpillar is our guide through music and emotion in this Class Notes video, our standards-based series of fun, short movies about music education.

Artists

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Lyz Jaakola receives Sally Award in education

Lyz Jaakola, one of Classical MPR's 2013-2014 Class Notes Artists, has received the Education Award for a her work in raising awareness and appreciation of Native music and culture throughout Minnesota.

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Listen: Music from the 2013-14 Class Notes Artists

The CD, 'A Musical History Tour,' was distributed to more than 22,500 elementary students across Minnesota who participated in the 2013-14 Class Notes Artist program. As an alternative to listening on a CD, we're presenting these tracks in a stream-able format.

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Minnesota Varsity: Showcase Round

Join us on Sunday, April 27th at the Fitzgerald Theater for the Minnesota Varsity Showcase Round. We'll feature the 5 perfroming artists and 2 composers will debut their work at this free concert, which will also be broadcast live on Classical MPR.

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School Spotlight submission form

Across the state of Minnesota, there is a wealth of strong music ensembles in our schools, colleges, and communities. Classical Minnesota Public Radio wants to share these ensembles with our listeners on our new School Spotlight.

Please mail your CD to:
Claire Philpott — Classical MPR Education
Minnesota Public Radio
480 Cedar Street
Saint Paul, MN USA 55101

Submit your recording »

Play it Forward

This November, breathe fresh life into once-loved instruments by donating them to Play It Forward, the statewide used-instrument drive created by Classical Minnesota Public Radio and the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA).

Donation locations & More Information »


Mn Legacy Fund Classical MPR in the Classroom is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

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